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Old 08.03.2006, 16:13
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Decrypting a Signature

I have a signed copy of Bruce Schneier's latest book. He has signed it.

Have a look at the attachment (and maybe, Mark, you can set the system to let me use the IMG inline

I have not actually worked this out but feel free to have a bash yourself...!

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Re: Decrypting a Signature

no idea who he is, but where each char = a number, so where o=15, h=8, e=5... and so on, both columns (30+15+60+29=134) and rows (43+48+43=134) add up to the same number 134. whether there's something significant about that, i don't know, 1+3+4=8+(1+3+4)=16, 134+134=268, 2+6+8=16, 16+16=32 and so on, play around with them on something other than base10, or maybe that's what he's saying, there are 10 types of people on earth, those who understand binary and those who don't. funny things these numbers, i'm getting paranoid again.
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Re: Decrypting a Signature

Well I think the most obvious answer here is that you don't need to decrypt the signature because you already know the answer - "d". In other words - don't be a plonker and wheel out a supercomputer to solve a problem which might be solved by other means.

Maybe he's making a point that all the security and encryption in the world doesn't help when people use the name of their boyfriend/girlfriend as their password - i.e. the answer is obvious and so are their passwords?

Just rambling on, but in the end - who cares?
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Re: Decrypting a Signature

...Thing is, his name's Schneier, not Schneider. He writes books on cryptography, apparently developed twofish and is involved in all sorts of other security issues, like id cards, realid etc. The people who read his books aren't exactly reading them for a bit of light reading, they'd probably be Greek to anyone other than cryptologists and Assembly nutters. If I had a copy signed and he did that, it would be a bit of a let-down if there wasn't more of a nugget than 'd'.
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Re: Decrypting a Signature

good point - I have one of his books downstairs - and all this time I thought his name was Schneider. Just goes to show that sometimes the eye sees what isn't there.

It is strange that the note points directly to where the d would have been...
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Re: Decrypting a Signature

it's blisteringly simple.
And I also thought Schneider - probably was, once - but then had a dyslexic generation or two after the move to the US?
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enjoy the book
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